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Recent Posts by GuideStar:

NASCO, GuideStar, MRFP, and CityBase Creating Single System for State Charity Registration and Reporting

Will enable charities and professional fundraisers to comply with fundraising regulations in one place

The National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO), the Multistate Registration  and Filing Portal, Inc. (MRFP), GuideStar, and CityBase have joined forces to simplify compliance with state fundraising regulations.

2009 GuideStar Exchange Giveaway


Earning $1,000 for your organization may be easier than you think. Just obtain the GuideStar Exchange seal for your organization, then enter the 2009 GuideStar Exchange Giveaway.

2008 GuideStar Nonprofit Economic Survey Kickoff

On October 6, we will send an e-mail inviting Newsletter subscribers associated with
501(c)(3) organizations to participate in our seventh annual nonprofit economic survey. The survey is designed for U.S. public charities and private foundations. It will run October 6-20, 2008.

  • If you would like to be sure you receive a survey invitation, click here:
    Yes, invite me to take the 2008 GuideStar nonprofit economic survey

  • If you would like to be sure you do not receive a survey invitation, click here:
    No, do not invite me to take the 2008 survey
The survey is designed to take charitable organizations' financial pulse in order to answer the question "How are nonprofits doing this year?" The results will be released to the media, posted on the GuideStar Web site, and announced in the GuideStar Newsletter.

Coming Soon: GuideStar Premium 2.0


GuideStar Premium users, your voices have been heard. We'll soon launch GuideStar Premium 2.0, an upgrade featuring two new tools that you've asked for. The upgrade will automatically be incorporated into your GuideStar Premium subscription—at no additional cost to you.

Thank you: NASCONet Support


GuideStar would like to thank the more than 1,600 nonprofits that expressed their support for NASCONet, a proposed collaboration between GuideStar and the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO).

To Regulate or Not to Regulate


In December 2001, New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer introduced a four-part initiative aimed at reforming charitable fundraising, particularly telemarketing campaigns. He called for the reforms after he released his annual "Pennies for Charities" report, in which he found that charities had received only 31.9 percent of the $184.7 million raised for them through telemarketing campaigns in New York in 2001.

What Nonprofits Really Want (from a Conference)


Each month, subscribers of GuideStar's free e-newsletter are invited to share their responses to the Question of the Month. February's newsletter asked readers what topic they would find most useful at a nonprofit conference. Answers fell into three categories:

War and Peace: Nonprofits Are Ready to Help—Find Them!


Nobody is comfortable in a time of war. Distress affects our lives, without regard for personal involvement or political beliefs. We can agree, though, that thousands of people suddenly find themselves in critical need of help. Fortunately, the nonprofit sector heeds that call: there are many different groups that make it their mission to support folks of all ages and needs, at home as well as abroad.

Making Your 990 Work for You


Do governmental forms give you the willies? Does preparing or reviewing your organization's IRS Form 990 strike terror into your heart? Don't despair. All you need is a little assistance and a new way to look at the forms.

The Many Uses of GuideStar


In December we asked newsletter readers which activities they used GuideStar for most often. Most respondents (77.5 percent) indicated that they used GuideStar mostly to access Forms 990. But besides accessing Forms 990, how else do people use GuideStar?